While nearly all of our replacement windows can fit any home, some are more appropriate for certain architectural styles. It’s very important that you choose the right one for your home, as the windows play a large role in establishing your property’s curb appeal.
In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of New Mexico list the four most common home styles and the windows that fit them.
1. Cape Cod
This house style has English roots but is distinctly American and has been a staple in many suburbs across the state and beyond. It evolved from the Colonial Style in the early 1700s in New England and features steeply pitched roofs with side gables, or bowed and gambrel roofs.
Double hung windows are the quintessential window style for the Cape Cod as multi-paned glass is a recurring feature for this particular house style. In fact, it’s the only window style for this house and is installed both in the front and back of the house.
2. Mission Revival
Inspired by Spanish mission churches built in the early 1600s, the Mission revival style first appeared about 1885 in California. It quickly became a staple and a classic throughout the country.
The bold architecture of this house style allows for a range of window styles. While double-hung windows remain a solid choice, casement windows are a great alternative if you want windows that swing open and have a large glass area. Picture windows are also a common sight, but they are strictly a decorative piece.
3. American Farmhouse
This is the typical American house, which first emerged in the Midwest in the mid-1800s. This house style has many variations, ranging from small and simple to more elaborate styles bordering on Victorian.
Double-hung, casement and picture windows are all great choices for the American Farmhouse. For more modern variants of this classic house style, sliding windows are a good alternative, as they match the simple and relatively minimalist look of the house.
4. Queen Anne
This is what many people refer to as the Victorian style home. Between 1880 and 1910, this home style was the most common home for families with larger properties. As is typical of the Victorian style, the Queen Anne features exuberant and eclectic details.
As such, the best windows for this home style accentuate these details. Bay and bow windows are a good choice as they add dimension to the property, making it appear even larger than it is. These two window styles are also functional. Since they jut out from the walls, there’s extra space inside the frame of the window that you can use as a seating area or shelf.
At Renewal by Andersen® of New Mexico, we will help you pick the right window style for your home. Give us a call at (505) 312-6577 to learn more about our services. We install high-quality replacement windows in Albuquerque, NM.